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Jul 15, 2010 01:44 AM

Signature dishes at Zov's ?

What are the signature or can't-miss dishes for lunch at Zov's?

I've heard conflicting reports about this place so I want to make sure I hit the best dishes from this place.

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  1. I don't know about savory items but you mustn't miss their almond croissant. It is one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. Even if you are full from lunch, I highly recommend getting one to go for an afternoon snack. Good thing I don't live nearby or I'd be eating one everyday.

    1. There are two sides to Zov's, a more casual place that has sandwiches and the like, and a higher end restaurant with a fuller menu. Both are good, though I can't say that either is fantastic. Except for the baked goods. Those are fantastic. Utterly fantastic. There is a pastry case on the more casual side, so getting a few extras to take home would be a must for me.

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      1. re: ocshooter

        If the savory is good but not fantastic, why is the place so famous? On a national level, its probably one of OC's best known restaurants. Although, I couldn't really find any local reviews by something like the LA Times. (One of the stranger things I found was a interview with Zov's where in the comments section, some guy went all Dan Gilbert on her for some perceived slight 20 years ago or something.)

        1. re: hobbess

          I think the reason Zov's does so well is because she is a great business person, not a great chef. She knows how to work the charity/social circuit and get her name in the press. I had a boss about 5 years ago that loved the place-we went for lunch many times on both sides of the restaurant, both the bakery and bistro (Tustin). To be honest, I can't recall one "I LOVE this" dish. And it's a bit pricey, at least the bistro.
          Last summer, I went for dinner at the Newport location and it was a big zero. I couldn't even tell you what the four of us had, and I can remember a good meal from 20 years ago.

          1. re: hobbess

            I think a big big part of the appeal is the cakes. I have seen the bakery section featured on one of the food porn TV shows, and I do drool over the bakery case. As for the food, it is a nice option for the immediate area, but I would much rather eat breakfast or dinner at Break of Dawn. However, my mom just found BOD too foreign (I think it was me ordering Vietnamese iced coffee), though I think she would be good with Zov's. With the pricier side, there are a lot of places I could go for an expensive meal that I would pick over Zov's. I didn't dislike the place, it just was not overly memorable.

            Break of Dawn
            24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

            1. re: hobbess

              Who's Dan Gilbert? Anyway, the mezza platter is good, and its savory. From the two sides of the cafe, you can get the same food from the cheaper side for a cheap price. To me their middle eastern food is really good. They close like at 6pm some days, so the same dining experience you expect in New York is not the same you get there. the place is famous for their bakery. I mean you have to look at it to really understand

              1. re: apple7blue

                If you can get the same food for less at one particular side of the cafe, is there any reason why people go eat at the other side?

                Since everybody seems to love their bakery more the savory options, perhaps the better question is what is their can't miss options from their bakery?

                Since you asked, Dan Gilbert is the owner of the Cleavland Cavaliers, an NBA basketball team. When one of his players chose to leave that team in favor of another team, Gilbert sent out this ridiculous letter to everybody that just made Gilbert look even more ridiculous- promising curses and stuff like that.

                1. re: hobbess

                  Thanks, I know him, just not by name . . . Service? S. Irene Virbila, the LA Times food critic, reviewed some restaurant with her highest rating as the best because of its service. Some people like McDonald's and some people like P.F. Chang's. I get food and generally take it to my car to eat or home if I have patience, even from highly rated restaurants. This is actually how I know you can get the same dishes from the cheaper side. I just requested something I saw on their menu online. [Edit: I don't know, I never ate on the expensive side. Maybe the waiters juggle the dishes before they serve them. I am only interested in the food in general, I do know some people want 'the dining experience'.]

                  I think their fresh fruit tarts are their can't miss options from their bakery.